Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 23:48:13 +0100
From: "simonj" <>
Subject: Re: Head gasket fixing procedure ?

It would be a good idea to CHECK the valves, head surface etc while the head is off, but not necessarily replace/skim as a matter of course. Personally I would ask the mechanic to strip the head and report on his findings, with recommendations as to what needs replacing. It would be foolish to refit the head if the valves will only last another few thousand miles, but there is no need to replace them if they show no signs of wear. Eu <> wrote in message > My 90' 9000T16 apparently has a bad head gasket. It spits out > white smoke at (a rough) idle and looses water fast (which seems > to be getting to the engine, since the oil's level is above max). > I've taken it to a SAAB shop (the rep' shop actually) and I was > told they intend to do a complete head job (not only change the > gasket but also resurface the head, change valves, ...). I've > now got the car stopped waiting to get an opening in their > schedule. > My question is : I know it's a good idea to do the whole works > now instead of just changing the gasket but is it THAT A GOOD > IDEA ? I'm talking >1000 USD in repairs ! > Has anyone had experience in this kind of work with SAAB shops > (and I mean REAL shops, not ones with a mechanic that has seen a > SAAB once :-) ? What was the outcome (work done, I mean) ? > > Thanks, > > Carlos A. R. Azevedo > > > * Sent from RemarQ The Internet's Discussion Network * > The fastest and easiest way to search and participate in Usenet - Free! >

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